If you or your loved one is dealing with substance addiction, seeking help is the first step.
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) involves using medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “Whole-Patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Our FDA-approved medications include Suboxone1, Vivitrol2, and Buprenorphine3, which various medical providers prescribe at all of our locations. These medications can block the euphoric effects of opioids, relieve cravings, pain, and help normalize bodily functions. MAT is also effective in preventing or reducing the chances of an opioid overdose.
1Suboxone is a prescription drug for the treatment of addiction to opiate painkillers and street opiate drugs including heroin. The primary active ingredient in Suboxone is buprenorphine. Like methadone, buprenorphine suppresses withdrawal symptoms and blocks the effects of other opioid drugs. It can be used for detox and long-term maintenance treatment.
2Vivitrol may be used in the treatment of opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. A physician, along with counseling and other services, gives clients a weekly or monthly injection.
3Buprenorphine can also be used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Unlike methadone, buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in a physician’s office. Dosing can be daily, weekly, or monthly depending on a client's level of need. Treatment includes counseling and other services.
Taking the First Step
Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.